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A Little Bit of Everything
June 14, 2010

390 comments posted.

Re: The Infamous Heir (3:41pm March 24, 2016):

I enjoy several book series--Julia Quinn's Bridgertons and Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series are among my favorites. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: Will's True Wish (8:32pm February 3, 2016):

I love that dogs give unconditional affection and acceptance to "their people." Thanks for a nice post, Grace.

Re: Heir To The Duke (4:07pm January 21, 2016):

I'm not that inventive. I'd really like to know what kind of responding pranks Nathaniel dreamed up for his brothers. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway.

Re: Divorced, Desperate, and Daring (10:15am December 21, 2015):

For a history aficionado, how about a Civil War sword? Thanks for a fun post.

Re: One Rogue at a Time (9:25pm December 4, 2015):

D, from my background of historicals reading. But I still liked the scene!

Re: Somewhere in Time (9:21pm December 4, 2015):

You are a new author for me. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway.

Re: A Gentleman for All Seasons (12:33pm November 12, 2015):

I love history and reading romances...combine them and I've got a winner! Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: Duke of Scandal (4:32pm October 22, 2015):

I like reading both. What makes them interesting is the capability for character growth, and each type can have that. As for marrying--a good guy, definitely.

Re: The Spring Bride (12:14pm June 23, 2015):

I read romance for the escapism and HEA. Your post does a wonderful job covering the types of love. Number 2, especially, seems to miss being in many romance books...lots of family intrigue and arguments along the way. It's nice to see it included in The Spring Bride.

Re: The Breaking Point (1:43pm June 22, 2015):

I love reading about the forensic magic that's discovered in the labs. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake (1:18pm June 8, 2015):

Oh yes! Daily I give myself permission to be lousy at housework. (I think I'm too permissible here.) Oh well, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: Passionately Yours (1:39pm May 28, 2015):

I really like eldest sister Olivia, of Scandalously Yours. She's so intelligent, clever and independent--what's not to like? Thanks for the review and giveaway.

Re: Against the Tide (1:34pm May 28, 2015):

I'd like to take a road trip through an area I have not traveled frequently--the U.S. Northwest. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: Heartbreak Cove (9:17pm March 7, 2015):

I thought Andie might be our next heroine when I read Shoreline Drive. Thanks for the excerpt. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Re: Meet Me At The Beach (2:35pm February 24, 2015):

Partnership, yes--30+ years of marriage. Working partnership--nope. I think you both do a great job with your process. Fascinating blog. Thanks.

Re: Beyond Limits (1:53pm January 26, 2015):

I love your Tracers series. I'm really looking forward to Beyond Limits.

Re: You're So Fine (11:55am January 2, 2015):

I want to have closure. I don't mind some open-ended threads of plot, to carry over to the next in a series. But as for the main part of the story--there needs to be an ending for me to feel good about the book.

Re: Once Upon a Grind (12:26pm December 7, 2014):

My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. She learns to see people for who they are, not what they look like. Would we all be so lucky!

Re: Two Week Seduction (12:55pm November 5, 2014):

I love autumn's cooler weather. Thanks for a fun post.

Re: A Winter Wedding (4:28pm September 4, 2014):

I'm afraid I'm rather sensible, like Penelope. I was, however, a winter bride, if that helps!

Re: Heroes Are My Weakness (11:34am August 27, 2014):

Hooray, it's finally out! Can't wait to read this book.

Re: Billionaire Blend (9:23pm August 26, 2014):

These are fun mysteries. And the recipes are wonderful...think I'll go check some out now. Thanks for the post and giveaway. FYI, I do subscribe to the Coffeehouse Newsletter.

Re: Billionaire Blend (5:24pm August 25, 2014):

These are fun mysteries. And the recipes are wonderful...think I'll go check some out now. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: Saving Gracie (10:55am August 23, 2014):

Knee surgery has forced me to take everything more slowly...it's a nice test of my patience!

Re: Breathing Room (2:01pm August 19, 2014):

Wow. I've missed Breathing Room. But that's ok. It's like unexpected treasure. There's a "new" SEP for me to read. Thanks, Loretta. I'm really looking forward to the potty training scene!

Re: Natural Born Charmer (1:58pm August 19, 2014):

This is one of my two favorite SEP books. (The other is Ain't She Sweet.) I love Blue, the beaver costume, QB hero Dean, the locale, everything. Thanks for the column, Tessa. (And I hope you found great pajamas.)

Re: Ain't She Sweet? (2:25pm August 15, 2014):

You are so right, Sarah! That's exactly why Ain't She Sweet is one of my two favorite SEP books. We start out hating the mean girl and end up rooting for her to have her HEA. Great post. I may need to go back and reread this book. Thanks.

Re: The Traitor (3:40am August 14, 2014):

This one is next up on my reading list. I'm looking forward to it.

Re: Firewall (8:03am July 10, 2014):

Interesting approach--thanks for sharing. The new sounds heart-stoppingly good.

Re: To Charm a Naughty Countess (3:03pm May 22, 2014):

"I'm here for you" would be a great start. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: Rise And Shine (1:31pm May 10, 2014):

What an interesting take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: A Shot of Red (1:19pm April 23, 2014):

What an incredible experience you had. Numbers 6, 7 and 2 would top my list. Thanks for sharing with us.

Re: Mad About You (2:22pm April 1, 2014):

Bed of Roses by Nora Roberts (part of her Bride Quartet) is a good friends-to-lovers book. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: Dyed and Gone (6:14pm March 29, 2014):

You are so clever! There are some great ideas here. Unfortunately, I've never had the kind of hair that requires bobby pins. Still--I really enjoyed the post. Thanks so much.

Re: Mystery Spring Fling (5:41pm March 21, 2014):

Sounds like a great collection, for a great cause. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: Her Summer with the Marine (9:03am March 18, 2014):

I love a romance story with quirky characters and humor. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: Desperately Seeking Suzanna (2:07pm March 13, 2014):

Well, who can think of anything else, with all that talk of chocolate cake? Mmmm...years ago, Southern Living magazine published a recipe for a 3-tier chocolate cake, with a whipped cream filling and a wonderful chocolate frosting. It is a marvelous eating experience.

Re: The Bride Insists (2:03pm March 13, 2014):

What a great sense of humor you must have! I enjoyed your post and look forward to reading The Bride Insists.

Re: The Rancher's Second Chance (2:42pm March 12, 2014):

You have some excellent characteristics. I'd add these: smart, honest, and a good sense of humor.

Re: Eyes Closed Tight (8:20pm March 10, 2014):

Sounds like a good read. It's nice to see him following in Dad's notable writing footsteps.

Re: Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend (9:10am March 6, 2014):

Many secondary characters light up the pages of the books I read. Perhaps because they are featured less, what they say (and often, how they say it) adds a lot of flavor to the book. Thanks for visiting, Shana.

Re: The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride (1:48pm February 20, 2014):

I love the excerpt, but especially love your own story of finding your hubby! Can't wait to read your newest.

Re: The MacGregor's Lady (4:57pm February 6, 2014):

Grace,
It's always nice to see a favorite author branching out elsewhere. But my question has to do with your "bread and butter" books--the Windhams. Have you considered returning, maybe when Gayle is Duke and some of those Windham kids are ready for their own stories? Thanks for visiting.

Re: Limoncello Yellow (1:47pm January 14, 2014):

I'm from south Louisiana, so of course I agree with the selection of New Orleans. I've visited other US cities I'd rate as colorful--Charleston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. come to mind.

Re: Shadowed By Grace (12:54pm January 10, 2014):

Thank you for a wonderful post. My father, his brothers, and my mother's brothers all served in WWII. The modern US needs more heroes just like them.

Re: Paws For Murder (12:33pm January 2, 2014):

Thanks for a fun post and great giveaway. Happy New Year.

Re: A Perfect Distraction (9:19am December 23, 2013):

Holiday Inn--which begins and ends at Christmas--is another favorite of mine.

Re: Thrown (9:05am December 16, 2013):

Sound great. I love humor in books--horses and kittens don't hurt, either.

Re: Rugged Hearts (1:52pm December 4, 2013):

I think the older I get, the more I "Whoa!" It's okay if things aren't picture perfect. What needs to be done will be done. Looking at decorations with the grandkids or celebrating daily mass during the Advent season reminds me of what's important.

Re: Billionaire Blend (8:41am December 3, 2013):

Thanks for the post and giveaway. Looking forward to the newest book!

Re: Hard As It Gets (9:00am November 26, 2013):

Kristan Higgins always puts animals in her contem. romances; they are usually featured on the book covers, too. I love her books.

Re: Have You Any Rogues? (9:03am November 14, 2013):

How observant you are! Sounds like a great trait for an author. Thanks for the excerpt and for visiting today.

Re: A Midsummer Bride (4:14pm November 1, 2013):

Sounds like a fun book. I like heroines who are intelligent and capable, with a good sense of humor.

Re: The Wicked Wallflower (3:41pm October 24, 2013):

No, but I sure am looking forward to reading Emma's story.

Re: Bite Me, Your Grace (1:10pm October 6, 2013):

I enjoy the lighter fare. Nightmare Before Christmas is a favorite. Hocus Pocus is cute, too. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: Dark Road Home (1:31am September 22, 2013):

I appreciate all that research. One of the extras I love about historical romances is being introduced to interesting facts about different times and places. Thanks.

Re: Gideon's Call (1:28am September 22, 2013):

Yes, I am a book hoarder. But we all collect something, right? Books are so much nicer than many alternatives. And some day, I will get around to reading them all.

Re: Severed Trust (11:21am September 21, 2013):

What a great topic for a series. I live in Texas and I think it would be great to read about the Rangers.

Re: How To Entice An Enchantress (9:10am September 18, 2013):

Choices, choices. I do love the library scene, but a puppy in a basket? I'll choose C.

Re: The Surprising Enchantress (9:19am September 16, 2013):

What a great trip! Thanks for sharing and offering such a wonderful giveaway.

Re: True Spies (10:34am September 13, 2013):

I'm looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for visiting.

Re: The Arrangement (10:41am August 24, 2013):

I enjoy your books, Mary. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: Last Chance Reunion (2:03am August 21, 2013):

Romantic suspense was my first romance sub-genre, and I still enjoy reading it quite a bit. I read many different types of romance nowadays, but I do love to have the mystery and suspense components added to those HEAs!

Re: Three Days on Mimosa Lane (1:31pm August 15, 2013):

My parents weren't wealthy, but they made sacrifices all the time for us kids. They spent their time and money wisely, to make sure we experienced things like swimming lessons and trips to museums and zoos.

Re: Once Upon A Tartan (1:29pm August 15, 2013):

I wrote corporate employee communications for years, but I've never thought about writing fiction. I do have lots of fun reading what others write, though. Thanks for visiting, Grace.

Re: The Passion Of The Purple Plumeria (11:18am August 6, 2013):

Thanks for the post and contest.

Re: A Brew to a Kill (11:17am August 6, 2013):

I enjoy this series. Thanks for the contest.

Re: Rugged Hearts (6:02pm July 24, 2013):

I LOVE Christmas in July!

When I was in high school, I was strongly influenced by two math teachers. Each convinced me that I could succeed in a subject that I didn't care for and wasn't particularly adept at. I was so very grateful for them both. When I entered college, I tested out of my first college-level math course, due in large part to the confidence and practical skills they'd gifted me.

Re: Reckless (1:46pm July 24, 2013):

What an interesting post! Thanks for visiting. I love the stunt work from the original Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. I especially like the scene with Indy taking on the convoy of vehicles and soldiers.

Re: Magic Rises (4:45pm July 17, 2013):

Your series sounds great. (Your dogs sound pretty cool, too!) Thanks for visiting.

Re: Merger to Marriage (9:31am July 13, 2013):

Conflict is necessary for character growth (and a shot of reality!) As for my favorite Lucy moment, I'm torn between the chocolate factory and the Vitameatavegamin commercial.

Re: Pieces Of The Heart (10:30am July 10, 2013):

What a lovely post. I think of my own father--and his service in WWII--and it makes me all the more grateful and humbled by what these brave servants faced for the greater good Take care.

Re: It Happened One Midnight (11:03am July 3, 2013):

Of course it happens again! I love this series and can't wait to read the newest. Thanks for visiting, Julie Anne.

Re: Wish You Were Here (11:56pm June 27, 2013):

My mom used to take me to the library quite often when I was a child. It sure helped inspire a lifelong love of reading for me. I still love libraries and use the one near me quite often. And, when I'm back in my hometown, I take mom to her library. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Widow Of Gettysburg (6:59am June 20, 2013):

I enjoy book trailers, but typically they do not influence my decision to read or buy a book. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Summer at Mustang Ridge (5:54pm June 11, 2013):

I'm from south Louisiana--almost everything we eat is a family tradition! One that comes to mind is the dirty rice dressing Mom always made for the holidays. "Secret" ingredient--add the chopped up turkey giblets to the dressing. Your book sounds like fun, Jesse. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Flirting with Disaster (2:29pm June 10, 2013):

Abuse of those who are in your care (physically or emotionally) would be a fatal character flaw. Thanks for visiting, Ruthie.

Re: Sweet Revenge (12:08pm June 4, 2013):

Many types of heroes work for me, as long as the author makes them compelling and gives them room to grow. I'm looking forward to Sweet Revenge.

Re: It Had To Be You (12:05pm June 4, 2013):

I like quiet when I'm reading. But if music helps you write all those wonderful books, keep listening, Jill! I'm looking forward to reading It Had to be You.

Re: Lady Vivian Defies A Duke (10:57pm May 23, 2013):

I love series where interconnected characters appear. Julia Quinn's Bridgertons and Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series are among my favorites.

Re: A Healing Heart (3:43pm May 23, 2013):

What a loveling, caring post. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Flora's Wish (1:38pm May 22, 2013):

Oooh, I like how you describe your villain. And how did I miss a whole series set in Louisiana? I'll have to go back and check. Thanks for visiting.

Re: The Practice Proposal (10:50am May 12, 2013):

I have to say, Tracy, you choose pretty good for all of us! There are so many great athletes out there...I don't know how I could narrow it down.

Re: The Summer He Came Home (3:38pm April 18, 2013):

I still love the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: Night Demon (12:08pm April 14, 2013):

Intelligence is one of my top traits in a hero (or heroine.) Thanks for visiting.

Re: Darius (2:11pm April 4, 2013):

I am a list maker.

I'm really looking forward to Darius. Lady Eve's book is among my favorites of this year! Thanks so much for visiting.

Re: Secrets of a Runaway Bride (5:12pm April 2, 2013):

Selfishly, I've always liked the way Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich crafted their series book titles--one used the alphabet, the other numbers, so it's always easy for me to spot the new ones!

Re: A Shot Of Sultry (9:49am March 28, 2013):

That was so sweet of your husband! The most romantic gift I received from Hubby was a Valentine's Day poem that he wrote and sent to me one year when I was working out of state for the holiday.

Re: Identity Crisis (3:58pm March 27, 2013):

Good point. I'm satisfied with the art prints we bought at the VanGogh Museum in Amsterdam several years ago. I'd hate to think of paying for an original anything and getting a fake! Congrats on your book.

Re: The Forsaken (9:17pm March 24, 2013):

I have not had an angel experience. But I absolutely believe that, like you, others have experienced these miracles. Love your story. Thanks for sharing.

Re: A Risk Worth Taking (1:25pm March 10, 2013):

I want to read about believable, memorable characters who will stay with me when the book is finished. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: Out Of Circulation (1:22pm March 10, 2013):

This sounds like a good add to my TBR list. Thanks for the post.

Re: Into the Spotlight (6:01pm March 2, 2013):

I see you didn't add Nicolas Cage's Leaving Las Vegas to your list. That's okay. It's kind of a downer. My favorite Vegas movie is the Ocean's Eleven remake.

Re: Protector (12:24pm March 2, 2013):

Absolutely, I pack a book or Kindle when I go to an appointment. For a trip, several books and the Kindle will accompany me.

Re: An Encounter at the Museum (9:54am March 1, 2013):

Most unusual place for a date? Hubby and I toured a dam...that's right, a dam. This book sounds great; I'm looking forward to reading it.

Re: The Chieftain (12:38pm February 27, 2013):

I do enjoy reading about heroes and heroines who have a past relationship. Siblings can be great supporting characters. I look forward to reading The Chieftan.

Re: Checkmate, My Lord (11:16am February 22, 2013):

Peabody from J.D.Robb's In Death series is one of my favorite supporting characters.

Re: Lady Eve's Indiscretion (1:15pm February 7, 2013):

Please don't enter me in the contest. I just stopped by to say how much I love Grace's books. I am reading--and thoroughly enjoying--Lady Eve's book now.

Re: Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match (1:14pm January 28, 2013):

I've been married since well before the days of internet dating. Several in my extended family have tried it, with mixed results. Thanks for visiting; your book looks good.

Re: Undercover Wolf (2:11pm January 22, 2013):

I have a preference for the Pet Rescue Mystery. What great choices you have to offer! Thanks for visiting.

Re: After the Rain (8:55am January 21, 2013):

What a great story. I don't think there's anything major I would change, but certainly there are small things I've said or done that I wish I'd handled differently. Love your Tradd Street books, Karen.

Re: Beeline To Trouble (12:30pm January 19, 2013):

Real-life experiences--happy romance or not-so-happy challenges--always add up to more believable characters. Go for it.

Re: The Wicked Wedding Of Miss Ellie Vyne (10:51pm January 18, 2013):

This sounds like such a fun book! Thanks for visiting today.

Re: Finding Home (1:08pm January 13, 2013):

What a great post and excerpt, Lois. Thanks so much for visiting today. I'm looking forward to reading more of Finding Home.

Re: South Of Surrender (11:30am January 9, 2013):

Looks like a challenging schedule ahead. Thanks for the excerpt. I'd still like to know the rest of the "joke" you opened with, though!

Re: Chance Of A Lifetime (11:29am January 7, 2013):

I love the Harmony books and I'm looking forward to the newest. Thanks, Jodi.

Re: Live And Let Love (1:52pm December 28, 2012):

I enjoyed your post. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Happy New Year!

Re: Christmas On Mimosa Lane (2:55pm December 26, 2012):

We had a good Christmas Eve and Christmas with the kids and grandkids, but it was in separate groups over the two days. We are really hoping everyone's schedule works out for one big gathering next year. Merry Christmas.

Re: Deliver Me From Temptation (4:53pm December 21, 2012):

Nice excerpt. It's got me hooked!

Re: Waltz With A Stranger (8:58am December 21, 2012):

I love the March family from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and the Finch family from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, because their love and devotion keeps them together through tough times.

Re: Love Thy Sister (12:54pm December 11, 2012):

What a wonderful, heart-felt post. Thanks for the day brightener.

Re: Jane's Gift (1:37pm December 8, 2012):

Jane's Gift sounds pretty good. So does Christmas on Mimosa Lane by Anna DeStefano. I've already finished several Christmas books--'Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries has been my favorite so far. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Holiday Buzz (10:03am December 4, 2012):

This is a fun series. I'm looking forward to Holiday Buzz. Thanks for visiting, Cleo.

Re: Under the Mistletoe (10:20am December 2, 2012):

You are too funny! NCAA Finals? I'm there! A month's house cleaning service? Love it! As for the others...you do inspire a certain uniqueness in gifts, Jill.

Re: How I Came To Sparkle Again (2:04pm November 29, 2012):

I live in a big city, so directions here need to be precise. Thanks for the post.

Re: Christmas Confidential (12:03pm November 29, 2012):

Our Christmas traditions include decorating the house--inside and out--listening to lots of Christmas music, baking (and eating) way too many cookies, and getting together Christmas day for a big turkey dinner.

Re: A Christmas Bride / Christmas Beau (11:28am November 27, 2012):

What a lovely thought on Christmas romances. And so perfect for the season of love. Thanks for your post.

Re: A Wedding In Apple Grove (10:46am November 16, 2012):

I really enjoy small-town settings. Your book sounds delightful. Thanks.

Re: The Twelve Clues Of Christmas (11:11am November 11, 2012):

I have good memories of my childhood Christmas celebrations at home. But I think I actually enjoy Christmas more as an adult, primarily for two reasons. The first is I get to see everything anew through the eyes of my grandchildren. The more important reason is that I have a fuller appreciation of what Christ, Mary and Joseph did for us. Their gift humbles me.

Re: What The Cat Saw (1:17pm November 10, 2012):

What an interesting book character. Jugs sounds intriguing. I love cats, but alas, Hubby does not. I have to get my "cat fix" when I visit my mom and sister.

Re: Christmas On Mimosa Lane (2:45pm November 8, 2012):

What an engaging, TinkerBell-clad heroine you've given us! I hope little Polly and her Dad recover enough to enjoy their own Christmas memories.

I have lots of wonderful Christmas memories from childhood on. One Christmas was especially memorable because I was 9-months pregnant and had my daughter a few days later.

Re: The Snow White Christmas Cookie (10:59am November 4, 2012):

I love honesty! Thanks for a good column. I look forward to reading more.

Re: Iced Chiffon (12:01pm October 28, 2012):

I do read mysteries, including cozy mysteries. I wonder how many folks have read Charlaine Harris's pre-Sookie Stackhouse cozy mystery series? Thanks for visiting.

Re: Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight (12:22pm October 26, 2012):

Please don't enter me, because I already have this wonderful book. I just wanted to encourage folks who may not have found Grace's books yet to go get them right now. She has written some beautiful historical romances, with memorable characters. Thank you, Grace.

Re: Lady X's Cowboy (3:24pm October 8, 2012):

I don't hide the books I read. With all the electronic devices we have now, it would certainly be easier to do so.

Re: A Home For Nobody's Princess (7:18pm September 25, 2012):

I have my own family now, but what really makes me feel like I'm home is visiting my Mom in her little old house in Louisiana. Thanks for visiting today, Leanne.

Re: Deadly Little Lies (9:42am September 18, 2012):

When I was young, I did have old favorites I kept returning to. Now, I have a hard time keeping up with all the current books I want to read, so I don't often revisit books. In the past couple of years, though, I have reread several of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton books. They are still just as wonderful!

Re: Chasing a Dream (1:41pm September 11, 2012):

I have a bit of a stubborn streak, like you. As the youngest of three children, I grew up hearing "but you're too young" and it just made me want to do THAT (and other things) so much more! Congrats on re-release day.

Re: When You Give A Duke A Diamond (9:03pm September 8, 2012):

I like unique characters. Your trilogy heroines seem to be very different. I appreciate that and look forward to reading more about them.

Re: Blame It On Texas (8:29pm August 25, 2012):

What a wonderful quote from your grandmother. I love books (and lives) that are blessed with much laughter. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

Re: A Brew To A Kill (9:48pm August 7, 2012):

Such a good series...and I love the titles of these books! Thanks, Cleo.

Re: Wild Texas Rose (11:08am August 6, 2012):

I'm a "Texan by choice" and I love your Harmony series. Thanks for the column and giveaway.

Re: The Last Victim (1:02pm August 5, 2012):

Thanks for a lovely column, Karen. I always enjoy your books.

Re: Married By Midnight (11:58am August 3, 2012):

Interesting column, thanks. As a reader, sometimes it's hard to accept the business side of books. I just want to keep reading! I generally read series books as they come out.

Re: Wicked At Heart (11:07am July 28, 2012):

You are a new author for me. Thanks for the intro to your work. I enjoyed your column and look forward to reading those heroes!

Re: Creating Fate (11:19am July 24, 2012):

I had a hard decision to make several years ago when I quit my job...a hard decision, but the right one for the family.

Re: Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (8:50pm July 21, 2012):

I've always been a history buff. So, these books are the best of both worlds. I love the combination of an interestig era in history with a good romantic story.

Re: Gwen's Ghost (11:29am July 12, 2012):

Teamwork is a wonderful thing. The book sounds pretty good, too! Thanks for viiting today.

Re: It Begins with a Kiss (10:33am July 3, 2012):

Serendipity is great, isn't it? I'm interested in reading your books. Thanks for a good column.

Re: The Princess and the Outlaw (8:02pm July 1, 2012):

To make my life more fun, I read Great Books as often as possible! Thanks for the fun column.

Re: First Do No Evil (8:01pm July 1, 2012):

Honestly, the mystery-suspense factor is more important to me in RomSuspense books. I like some romance and I always love good character development. But I really want good suspense.

Re: Lady Amelia's Mess And A Half (12:25pm June 28, 2012):

Thanks for the fun column. I always find great star-crossed lovers in Kristan Higgins books, and yes, there are happy endings.

Re: Invitation To Scandal (10:06am June 26, 2012):

For one day, I'd love to be my sister's dog--adored and pampered unconditionally.

Re: The Most Improper Miss Sophie Valentine (12:24pm June 22, 2012):

Having different and intriguing characters is always a good start for a compelling read. Thanks for the excerpt.

Re: The Casanova Code (1:33pm June 18, 2012):

I'd want someone who is intelligent and honest, with a good sense of humor--just like the one I actually married!

Re: Home For The Summer (1:20pm June 5, 2012):

We spent summers playing with friends and taking lots of lessons--swimming, tennis, and bowling, especially!

Re: Diamonds Are Truly Forever (10:52am June 4, 2012):

I don't think I'm very good at lying. I'm certainly not good about being lied to. You're right, though, it must be challenging for folks whose jobs depend on untruths.

Re: The Zen Man (10:33am April 18, 2012):

In books, I love L.A. private eye Elvis Cole, from author Robert Crais. And Spenser--Robert B. Parker's Boston PI, was always wonderful! Good column--Thanks.

Re: A Plain Death (11:22am April 14, 2012):

What a wonderful story. Congrats on the Agatha nomination.

Re: The Wolf Who Loved Me (10:35am April 12, 2012):

I know my sister would keep any secret of mine--and me hers--but I can't think of any huge or outlandish secrets that we've shared.

Re: Texas Baby Sanctuary (3:06pm March 27, 2012):

Texas is my adopted home state. Of course I like books set here!

Re: Texas Pride (1:06pm March 8, 2012):

You are a new author for me and I really enjoyed your column. I'm glad you found a way to deal with "those people in your head"--great image. As to your question: I don't think reading romance has changed my releationships, unless having Hubby say "You read too much" counts.

Re: Sweet Enemy (2:28pm March 6, 2012):

I like seeing how the characters grow and change. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

Re: Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel (3:27pm February 28, 2012):

Don't even get me started on how different math classes were for my kids, compared to how they were when Hubby and I were students. Homework is all graded now. And sports--from middle school on--are semi-professional career choices.

Re: Clobbered By Camembert (11:41am February 25, 2012):

I see how readers can get very hungry reading your delicious mysteries! Count me in!

Re: The Rogue Pirate's Bride (10:17am February 24, 2012):

I do love the HEA. I also enjoy the historical tidbits I pick up reading about past eras and different locales. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: A Scandalous Countess (8:15pm February 10, 2012):

Great arguments by all. Personally, it's the characters that really make a book for me. Georgian or Regency (or otherwise) it's all good!

Re: Chosen By Sin (1:16pm January 31, 2012):

Romantic suspense was the first type of romance I read. I'd always loved mysteries/thrillers. You're right, Virna, romantic suspense blends the light and dark in captivating ways.

Re: Fever (12:20pm January 25, 2012):

Great interview; thanks. I love Cindy's take on setting goals--that she has control over the book. Period. I think if we can all pare things down what is ours to do, to control, then we'll be much happier about our own goal setting.

Re: Bride By Mistake (9:44am January 10, 2012):

MofC stories aren't my favorites in historical romance, but I am intrigued by the set-up of this one. I've never read one that begins with such an act of off-field heroism by a soldier hero. I look forward to reading more. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Wedded In Scandal (5:02pm December 22, 2011):

Playing on the internet is my favorite time waster. It can't be reading, because that is definitely time well spent. Thanks for your column.

Re: Mistletoe and Margaritas (12:36pm December 10, 2011):

I live in south Texas now, and it's fine. I grew up in south Louisiana, and really, Shannon, the alligators don't come into the backyard all that often! I think where I would choose to live would be based on people--next to family, especially grandkids--more than seasons or climates.

Re: Hunter Of Shadows (11:51am December 2, 2011):

The movie Memento (which has a screenplay by Christopher Nolan) was one jolting Whoa! moment after another. And the ending! It's so sad and unsettling and surprising. Thanks for a good column.

Re: She Can Run (1:29pm November 29, 2011):

I like romantic suspense. It's the first romance genre I read.

Re: The Spy Who Left Me (11:46am November 25, 2011):

I'll be reading as much as possible during the holidays. It's always a treat for me to curl up with a good book.

Re: The Storm That Is Sterling (3:36pm November 23, 2011):

My favorite tormented hero is Rebecca's Max de Winter.

Re: Fortune's Son (12:06pm November 18, 2011):

Philip sounds like quite a character. Thanks for the interview. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Re: Because Of You (2:00pm November 14, 2011):

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Tall, Dark And Cowboy (9:39am November 7, 2011):

Brave woman, there! I'm absolutely sure I couldn't walk away from my family for any reason. I enjoyed your column and look forward to reading more.

Re: Liver Let Die (12:08pm November 5, 2011):

I do like names--and your book titles are great! Thanks for a fun column.

Re: Engaged in Sin (12:05pm November 5, 2011):

What a wonderful story. This book sounds like a great read. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Darn Good Cowboy Christmas (12:03pm November 4, 2011):

Santa--Please help my grandkids get better acclimated to daycare. Thanks.

Re: The Virtuoso (9:46am November 2, 2011):

What a lovely post. Thanks so much for visiting today. I've read The Heir and I'm looking forward to enjoying more of your novels.

Re: Romancing The Countess (11:24am October 29, 2011):

Ashley, I'm so glad you were able to finish! Don't enter me in the contest. I'm just popping in to say "Hi."

Re: His Last Duchess (11:47am October 27, 2011):

Enjoyed your post. I love the comments and photo of your dog. What a cutie! I look forward to reading His Last Duchess.

Re: Utterly Charming (7:47pm October 19, 2011):

I don't watch much TV anymore. My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Attracted to Fire (4:52pm October 18, 2011):

I love the Texas Hill Country, especially in the spring when all the bluebonnets are blooming. It's just gorgeous. Of course, New Braunfels is pretty nice at this time of year, just in time for Wurstfest! Your new book sounds like fun. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Chosen By Fate (11:08am October 10, 2011):

Congrats on writing Real Books! Love your column.

Re: Roommates (2:00pm October 4, 2011):

I've always liked the names Matthew and Zachary.

Re: The Norse King's Daughter (1:45pm September 29, 2011):

I read different genres, so when I'm in a slump with one, I switch to something else. For a while, I may read more mysteries and thrillers, then switch back to romance. And if all else fails--I work crossword puzzles! Good luck. Thanks for visiting.

Re: The Norse King's Daughter (1:45pm September 29, 2011):

I read different genres, so when I'm in a slump with one, I switch to something else. For a while, I may read more mysteries and thrillers, then switch back to romance. And if all else fails--I work crossword puzzles! Good luck. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Murder By Mocha (1:45pm September 20, 2011):

I'm afraid I tend to choose unhealthy (ie, yummy) snacks too frequently. When I'm feeling virtuous, my favorite healthy snack is an apple.

Re: The Rake And The Recluse (1:20pm September 18, 2011):

What a wonderful concept. I look forward to reading it on my Kindle.

Re: To Sketch A Thief (9:14am September 17, 2011):

Good thing Hubby and I had only two children. We could hardly agree on names! I look forward to reading more about your book.

Re: Tempted (2:38pm September 15, 2011):

I'm going to name Gin Blanco, from Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassins series, as a non-traditional damsel in distress. She is a kick-ass heroine, but she also is very much in need of saving! Thanks for visiting today. I’ve read fantastic reviews for Tempted.

Re: No Proper Lady (7:57pm September 12, 2011):

What an interesting concept for a book. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Re: Kindling The Moon (12:47pm September 10, 2011):

You listed some of my favorites. I did like the way Victoria Gardella (Colleen Gleason) used her hair decorations and Riley Jenson (Keri Arthur) used high-heeled shoes to kill vampires. Fun post. Thanks.

Re: Lord and Lady Spy (6:17pm September 8, 2011):

It's so much fun for readers to hear the author's own vision for casting their novels. I love your choices and am looking forward to reading Lord and Lady Spy. Thanks for visiting.

Re: The Wedding Affair (12:02pm September 6, 2011):

Amen, Leigh, to the difficulties of keeping a large house clean! Small homes for everyone!

Re: Sweet Justice (12:31pm September 3, 2011):

I think the scariest villans are the ones who appear to be normal--the guy-next-door who has a well-hidden dark side. As for what they do...any violence against children automatically catapults a villan to the top of my list. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: Diaries Of An Urban Panther (11:57am August 31, 2011):

In my younger days, I would certainly have run. Now that I'm not so fast, I guess I'd have to stick it out and fight...and pray, of corse!

Re: Making Waves (9:53am August 8, 2011):

What a unique concept for a book. Your casting choices sound fine to me, but I'm afraid that--like you--I'm not the best resource for current actors/actresses.

Re: Midnight Fear (12:21pm August 7, 2011):

Congrats on your newest release. It must be daunting to write--and promote--a back-to-back trilogy. But we readers love them! Thanks.

Re: Too Hot To Touch (2:05pm August 4, 2011):

Ooooohhh..another Louisa book! I can't wait. Don't remember my first crush, that was so long ago!

Re: Notorious (9:10am July 29, 2011):

These sound great. I love the idea of a political cartoonist. And travelling...definitely I would want to travel, never mind the scandal.

Re: Fallen (1:01pm June 29, 2011):

My heart pounds every time I read a Karin Slaughter book. Love, love, love these novels. Thanks for visiting.

Re: The Dark Enquiry (3:18pm June 27, 2011):

What an interesting--and eye-opening--post. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Night Veil (3:17pm June 27, 2011):

Superman--He has the weight of the world on his shoulders and he always acts with integrity and honesty.

Re: Missing Persons (4:34pm June 25, 2011):

Fascinating column. Thanks. I look forward to reading your book.

Re: City Of Promise (12:47pm June 23, 2011):

I love reading, in any season. I have a long list of books to keep me busy this summer, including mysteries and thrillers and plenty of romances.

Re: Under a Desert Sky (9:32am June 18, 2011):

Together, the couple feels complete. Being with each other is a whole much better, much stronger, much more than being apart.

Re: Hard Bitten (1:23pm June 14, 2011):

Thanks for the ideas. I love visiting my library.

Re: Money Shot (10:15am June 10, 2011):

I'm very character driven, so I do appreciate dialog quite a bit. I look forward to reading your newest.

Re: Frostbound (10:50am June 7, 2011):

Congrats on the new release. It sounds great. Can't wait to read more.

Re: Forced to Kill (2:45pm June 4, 2011):

You wrote: "Can a thriller entertain and educate at the same time? Yes, absolutely."

I really appreciate that viewpoint. As a reader, I enjoy the learning aspects of novels. I know authors put a lot of research time in and I lap up those details, those views into areas I'll never personally see. Thanks for putting so much into your novels. I think it's great.

Re: A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man (2:46pm May 26, 2011):

Interesting list. I like #2--it doesn't sound as "deadly" as some of the other sins.

Re: Mind Games (12:40pm May 25, 2011):

How serendipitous! I'm reading Madeline Hunter's newest book now. You clever stalker, you!

Re: Dirty (11:48am May 22, 2011):

Characters make the book for me. Yours sound great. Congrats on the new book, Debra.

Re: SEALed Forever (10:27am May 20, 2011):

I love the story about your father. My Dad was a WWII vet, too. I am so grateful to all the wonderful men and women who follow in their footsteps. Thanks for visiting. I look forward to reading your latest.

Re: Wickedly Charming (11:09am May 16, 2011):

Good for you for sticking with it, and for your Hubby for his wonderful support. Your book sounds like a lot of fun.

Re: My Favorite Countess (3:00pm April 28, 2011):

Gotta love M*A*S*H's Hawkeye Pierce! Your book sounds very interesting. Thanks for the visit.

Re: The Alchemy of Desire (4:11pm April 25, 2011):

I like heroes who are intelligent and honest, with a sense of humor. I like to be able to see their struggles and growth in the novel. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: The Devil in Disguise (4:12pm April 23, 2011):

I do like book recommendations and a space for reader questions. And, of course, you can't go wrong with pet photos!

Re: It Happened On Maple Street (4:34pm April 19, 2011):

What a brave woman you are. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing story.

Re: Tangled Threads (9:22am April 18, 2011):

Love your Gin books, Jennifer. I don't watch much TV now, but I used to watch the old La Femme Nikita, with Roy Dupuis as Michael. Your description works for him, too!

Re: A Marriage of Inconvenience (10:16am April 16, 2011):

I don't think I am a control freak, but I know I do not like to be controlled. Your book sounds interesting. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Cowboy Fever (10:28am April 13, 2011):

You are so right—characters really make the book. I love that animals made your list of Cowboy Fever characters.

I don’t think I’d want to trade places (or heroes) with anyone from books. What I will leave you with are two very memorable couples from books I’ve recently read:
Genevieve Eversea and Alex Moncrieffe (Julie Anne Long’s What I Did for a Duke)
Margaret Dalrymple and Ash Turner (Courtney Milan’s Unveiled)

Re: The Shadow Guard (11:15am April 5, 2011):

I'd like to meet Roarke and Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb's In Death series. They seem like such opposites who just complete each other. I enjoyed your column.

Re: A Lot Like Love (1:42pm March 24, 2011):

Either way is fine. Whichever way you're writing it, it's working just great. I love your books so much.

Re: Highland Heat (9:46am March 21, 2011):

I love it when strong characters stay true to their hearts. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: An Unlikely Countess (12:41pm March 19, 2011):

Adaptability to one's circumstances is an admirable trait. I like reading historicals that feature a variety of economic situations. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: Tyler (1:13pm March 17, 2011):

Happy St. Pat's Day to all. Thanks for visiting.

Re: So Close The Hand Of Death (7:39pm March 15, 2011):

I'm very protective of my family. If they were threatened, I would fight any way I could. Thanks for a thought-provoking post.

Re: It Happened One Bite (8:52am March 14, 2011):

I really enjoyed your earlier books. I am so looking forward to seeing where you take Blaire, Rhiannon and Sorcha. Thanks for visiting.

Re: What I Did For A Duke (8:52am March 10, 2011):

The spider is named Susan. I look forward to reading your newest!

Re: Seducing The Governess (4:19pm March 8, 2011):

Lots of books make me want to know more. Sometimes after reading historical romances, I'll do on-line research on particular people or times that have sparked my interest.

Re: Animal Magnetism (1:30pm March 5, 2011):

What a fun column! Thanks for visiting.

Re: Scandal of the Year (8:41am March 4, 2011):

Setting your heroines in this time period, so they can drive cars, sounds great. I haven't read much of this era and I'm looking forward to your series.

Re: Treasure Me (2:16pm March 3, 2011):

I enjoyed your post. This series sounds great. Thanks.

Re: Against the Law (12:42pm March 1, 2011):

Congrats on your best-seller status. Your "Against" books are on my TBR list. Thanks for visiting.

Re: His, Unexpectedly (8:49am February 25, 2011):

Yes! Characters really make the book for me. I love what you said about guiding your characters on an emotional journey. You're a new author for me and I'm interested in reading more. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Storm Of Reckoning (10:35am February 19, 2011):

What a fun column. And your book sounds great, Ms. Evil Overlord!

Re: RiverTime (12:41pm February 16, 2011):

Rivertime sounds excellent. I'd like to read more.

Re: The Mysterious Lady Law (11:10am February 4, 2011):

As long as the characters are compelling, it doesn't matter who is writing them! James Patterson's Murder Club is a whole series with women protagonists. Agatha Christie never seemed to have a problem writing Hercule Poirot, either. Thanks for an interesting column and good luck with the book.

Re: Everyone Loves A Hero (10:35am February 2, 2011):

I can't think of any moment, yet. I hope when it comes, I can "catch the ball." Enjoyed your column; thanks.

Re: The Irish Princess (2:19pm February 1, 2011):

This book sounds great. Thanks so much for sharing a bit of it with us today.

Re: Burning Darkness (9:45am January 31, 2011):

Severe violence against a child is the first thing that comes to mind when I consider unforgiveable acts.

Re: Immortal Champion (2:48pm January 27, 2011):

I love the HEA. I’m amazed by the creativity of building new worlds and revisiting old ones. Romance offers fun and fantasy, suspense and sensuality. But mostly, I love it because of the characters—those larger-than-life heroes and heroines who let me slip away and enjoy their experiences for a couple of hours at a time.

Re: At Hidden Falls (2:33pm January 25, 2011):

I've always loved books and libraries. I can still remember sitting on Dad's lap as he taught me to read "Hop on Pop." Now I read Dr. Seuss books to my grandkids.

Re: Deadly Heat (1:08pm January 22, 2011):

I like variety. Sometimes I'm in the mood for humor, sometimes for dark and gritty, and sometimes paranormal. Characters make the book special, though.

Re: Pleasure Me (10:56am January 14, 2011):

I enjoy reading compellingly written characters. Thanks for your column.

Re: Mercy Kill (3:20pm January 9, 2011):

The first Mercy book was great, and I'm looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Fatal Justice (1:43pm January 6, 2011):

The Fatal books sound great. I'm looking forward to reading more. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Real Vampires Have More To Love (11:13am January 4, 2011):

I'd opt for one guy, forever, just like I have it now in this life! Thanks for a fun series.

Re: Against The Wind (9:18am January 3, 2011):

I like keeping in touch with characters I care about, so trilogies work great for me. I look forward to reading this one.

Re: Cowboys Never Cry (10:51am December 29, 2010):

When book characters are so believable, it's natural for us to feel like we know them. It must be something of a compliment for you that the people who know you identify so closely with your characters that they look for them in real life!

Re: The Winter Sea (2:01pm December 20, 2010):

This sounds fascinating. Thanks for such a wonderful column and intro to your work.

Re: Precious and Fragile Things (4:33pm December 17, 2010):

This books sounds so interesting. Congratulations on seeing it published.

Re: The Heir (4:29pm December 16, 2010):

Thanks for a great column. Congrats on the new book release.

Re: Sparks (11:19am December 3, 2010):

Sparky sounds like a real winner. It's great that he has his Gloworm to keep him company!

Re: Twins Under His Tree (4:18pm December 2, 2010):

Karen, I wonder if my Dad served along side your father-in-law. Dad also was in WWII under Patton, first in North Africa. I miss him. These WWII guys gave so much for us. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

Re: Outrageously Yours (9:35am December 1, 2010):

I loved the first book in this series and I'm looking forward to this one. Thanks for visiting!

Re: Dating Mr. December (11:48am November 22, 2010):

What great inspirations. Thanks for an enjoyable column.

Re: The Taming Of The Wolf (9:19am November 18, 2010):

Your list is too cute. Love your books.

Re: The Christmas Clock (4:37pm November 15, 2010):

The Christmas Clock sounds like a wonderful read. Thanks for sharing today.

Re: Falling Home (10:37am November 12, 2010):

Love your Tradd St. books. I'll have to look this one up. Thanks!

Re: The Devil She Knows (12:13pm November 6, 2010):

I loved my maternal grandmother's tiny, old home with its big yard. Now my sister lives there, so I can still love it and all its memories.

Re: Holiday Grind (9:43am November 5, 2010):

I enjoy baking and decorating sugar cookies with my daughter. For eating, I prefer our family's favorite, a chocolate chip/brown sugar cookie called Congo Bars.

Re: The Snow Globe (10:44am November 3, 2010):

What a heart-warming column. Snowglobes as a metaphor for life--that's lovely.

Re: Simply Irresistible (10:33am October 29, 2010):

This sounds like such a good series, and it's definitely on my TBR list.

Re: An Accidental Seduction (1:12pm October 28, 2010):

My favorite hero was my dad. He was a decorated WWII veteran, husband of nearly 60 years and father to three. He's been gone almost three years now and I still think of him every day.

Re: Twilight Hunger (1:15pm October 21, 2010):

Enjoyed your column. Congrats on this month's re-release.

Re: The Making of a Gentleman (9:50pm October 20, 2010):

I love learning a little something new about the place or time of a historical novel's setting. Always been a history buff!

Re: Pursuit of Justice (10:30am October 18, 2010):

What I really like is to have a unique experience--something the author offers that is so new to me, so compelling, that I just can't put the book down. I enjoyed your column. Thanks.

Re: Grave Witch (2:16pm October 16, 2010):

Your book sounds great. Such a unique approach.

Re: Highland Hellcat (3:25pm October 15, 2010):

I love coffee and plain water. We have all kinds of tea in the house, too.

Re: The Bride's Necklace (12:37pm September 27, 2010):

Huh—I guess I’m weird. I make most of my book reading/buying decisions before I ever see covers.

Re: One Touch of Scandal (12:19pm September 26, 2010):

Liz--You need a different recipe! Most would be fine without requiring parchment paper and I'm bummed that Stuart didn"t get the pretty cookie he deserved. Loved your column! I'd reward myself with extra reading time.

Re: Love Me (12:30pm September 24, 2010):

Honestly, covers don't sway me very much. I usually know what I'm going to pick up before I go to the bookstore or library. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Wicked Highlander (1:56pm September 18, 2010):

Interesting column. It brought to mind my visit to Hadrian's Wall during my trip to Scotland this summer. The wall was built to separate Roman-controlled England from Scotland, which the Romans could not conquer.

Re: Feline Fatale (1:23pm September 16, 2010):

I love having pets in my life, so I enjoy seeing them featured in the books I read. Dogs are my favorites, but I like reading about all types.

Re: Rebel (1:44pm September 13, 2010):

One thing I really enjoy about paranormals is author creativity in developing a unique world. Your characters, setting and plotline sound so interesting. I want to know more. Thanks for sharing with us today.

Re: Warrior (2:48pm September 11, 2010):

My best fan moment was getting Walter Cronkite's autograph when I was in college.

Re: Desperate Deeds (10:02am September 8, 2010):

This was the first genre of romance I read when I broadened out from traditional mystery/thrillers. I read lots of rom genres now, but this is a fond favorite.

Re: Warrior (3:11am September 6, 2010):

This series sounds great--can't wait to read it.

Re: Royal Blood (11:03am September 4, 2010):

I enjoyed your post and look forward to reading Royal Blood.

Re: Deadly Fear (12:38pm August 26, 2010):

When a character is compellingly written, it's easy to identify with what they're going through, regardless of the book's genre. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Nemesis (12:17pm August 22, 2010):

You are so right. As a fellow Texan, I whole-heartedly agree that it's too hot to do anything but sit in an air conditioned area and read!

Re: Hell, Yeah (12:15pm August 11, 2010):

I'd asked Travis why he picked the stoke of midnight to kiss Cathy.

Re: The Quick and the Thread (12:43pm August 6, 2010):

What a wonderful story about that little boy. Simple pleasures in life...

Re: Monster in Miniature (10:56am July 30, 2010):

I love your reshelving idea. Let me know where and when, okay? I can't tell you the number of times I haven't been able to find a specific book without a map of the store!

Re: Knight Of Passion (11:24am July 23, 2010):

Your series sounds great. I am definitely okay with a heroine who knows her own mind.

Re: Moonshine (9:44am July 20, 2010):

Your book sounds great. Like you, I do love a good sidekick! Thanks for visiting.

Re: Tomb With A View (1:06pm July 19, 2010):

You chose an interesting President for your ghost story. He was all those things you mentioned, yet he isn't very well-known. I'm looking forward to seeing how he makes out in your novel.

Re: Ice Cold (1:39pm July 18, 2010):

Wise choice. Clean homes are over-rated; Gardner and Gerritsen are wonderful.

Re: Murder in the Abstract (10:43am July 14, 2010):

There are so many taboo things going on with bad boys, of course they are fun to read. I enjoyed your column today.

Re: Ice Cold (9:48am July 13, 2010):

Sounds like a real winner. Can't wait to read it. As to your question--real-life worries about my kids and grandkids are what scare me.

Re: To Conquer a Highlander (9:02am July 12, 2010):

I collect kaleidoscopes, James Avery jewelry, and (much to my hubby’s chagrin) books.

Re: Rapture Untamed (10:47am June 29, 2010):

I like series. I like the familiarity of revisiting old friends. Right now I'm reading a series book, Laurell K. Hamilton's Bullet.

Re: Hidden Wives (1:29pm June 27, 2010):

Nancy's Theory of Style by Grace Coopersmith (aka Marta Acosta) is a real hoot. Almost too much fun in a book!

Re: Sworn To Protect (8:14am June 25, 2010):

Your series sounds great. I have Sworn to Protect, and it's near the top of my TBR pile. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Fatal Affair (1:43pm June 24, 2010):

Sure can't argue with the traits you have listed. Big no-no's for me would be dishonesty and disrespect. Congrats on the release of your book.

Re: The Lies We Told (12:34pm June 18, 2010):

The book sounds quite interesting. I have to admit,I usually don't pay any attention to book trailers. I watched yours and it's nice.

Re: Crush On You (12:49pm June 10, 2010):

I don't know what either of us was wearing. We were at work and we didn't start seeing each other for a while. I enjoyed your column. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Desire Me (10:31am June 8, 2010):

Great excerpt. Love the concept for this book.

Re: Night Myst (1:43pm June 4, 2010):

Authors are in a creative profession. I admire that creativity in all its forms, so when favorite authors write multiple series that's just more for me to enjoy! Thanks for visiting.

Re: Strange Neighbors (10:40am June 1, 2010):

What a great group you belong to. Best of luck to you all.

Re: Ancient Whispers (5:10pm May 31, 2010):

Wow--what an inspirational journey. Thanks for sharing your story with us today.

Re: Dead in the Family (2:41pm May 29, 2010):

I have so many books in my TBR stack, I can't afford to add any YA titles to it, no matter how great they look. I am excited about Keri Arthur's Moon Sworn, the final book in the Riley Jenson/Guardian series.

Re: Sex And The Single Earl (12:33pm May 19, 2010):

Most of the historical romances I've read are set partially or entirely in London, as you mentioned. So now I'm extra interested in reading yours to experience the difference.

Re: On Folly Beach (11:21am May 18, 2010):

Karen--My mother helped treat U-Boat victims in a make-shift hospital in South Louisiana early in WWII. The boat had come up the Gulf of Mexico. Like you, I recall being very surprised when I first learned how far the Germans came. FYI, I love your Tradd and Legare Street books. They are absolutely wonderful.

Re: Web Of Lies (12:32pm May 17, 2010):

I like all kinds of genres. Among my favorites are books that combine action, romance and humor. Spider's Bite was wonderful--among the best I've read this year. Those of you who haven't read it yet need to run right out and get it. I'm so looking forward to Web of Lies. And P.S. to Jennifer--I love the extra Gin short stories on your website.

Re: Silent Truth (12:55pm May 15, 2010):

That sounds like such fun. What a great combination. But I'm afraid I'll have to toast with my margaritas from afar this year.

Re: Haunting Warrior (12:12pm May 12, 2010):

I'd like to visit the early 1940s and see our country in full patriotism mode.

Re: A Thread So Thin (12:34pm May 8, 2010):

I don't read YA now. Now, as in, maybe some day in the future. My reason is that it forces some small amount of discipline on the quantity of books I have. I know I'm missing some great reads, but my TBR stack is so huge! I know if I read one, then I'll want to read another and another...

Re: A Thread So Thin (11:20am April 26, 2010):

I hope I wouldn't change anything. The choices I've made--good and bad--are what's made me, me. Thanks for an interesting post.

Re: The Teaberry Strangler (12:16pm April 25, 2010):

Most of the books I read come from the library. When I buy a book, it is because it's an author/series I keep (there are a few) or my library doesn't carry the book. When that happens, after I'm finished with the book I will sometimes donate it to the library for their circulation stacks. "Mind Games" by Carolyn Crane is my most recent purchase, and it is at the top of my TBR list.

Re: In For A Penny (11:15am April 23, 2010):

What an interesting column! Thanks for visiting. I look forward to reading your book.

Re: Rule's Bride (11:12am April 23, 2010):

I look forward to reading the trilogy. Which of the three brides do you most closely identify with, and which one did you have the most fun writing?

Re: Beautiful People (1:35pm April 21, 2010):

I love humor in books--just like in real life. Your book sounds great. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Silent Truth (12:04pm April 19, 2010):

I love to read and spend time with my grandchildren. Thanks for an interesting column.

Re: Building Iphone Apps With Html, CSS, And Javascript (4:24pm April 17, 2010):

Sara--
I understand what you mean. I recently received a book for review from one of my favorite book sites. The book sounded great--a mystery, recommended by two of my favorite authors. But I didn't like it at all. For a number of reasons, the book just didn't work for me. Since I had signed up to be a reader reviewer, I felt I had to finish and submit my comments. I did, and I kept reminding myself I'd like the next book, and the one after that. (And I did!)

Re: Dead Head (10:20am April 13, 2010):

I love your books. This one sounds like a fun read, too. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Big Bad Wolf (11:54am April 10, 2010):

Reading series books out of order typically bugs me, too. When I find an author new to me, I'll go online to find the order of his/her backlist, so I can "get it right." You just can't trust publication dates.

Re: The Highest Stakes (10:13am April 1, 2010):

Your book sounds great. Thanks for visiting.

Re: A Certain Wolfish Charm (3:04pm March 31, 2010):

Your book sounds great, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Your column convinced me we do need a namesake drink to celebrate, so I propose the following:
Happily Ever After
½ ounce Crème de cacao,
¼ ounce chocolate liqueur,
1-½ ounce Vodka,
½ ounce coffee liqueur
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain and serve in a chilled martini glass.

Why these ingredients?
Chocolate—because no believable HEA drink for women would be without it
Vodka—it’s got to have a kick to it
Coffee—staying power, to put the E in HEA

Re: An Earl to Enchant (10:20am March 30, 2010):

Your book sounds great. The first line is wonderful. Some of my favorite movie one-liners:
“This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.” Casablanca (1943)

“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Cool Hand Luke (1967)

“I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” The Wizard of Oz (1939)

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Network (1976)

“Show me the money!” Jerry Maguire (1996)

Re: On The Steamy Side (10:23am March 23, 2010):

In one book of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series, To Sir Phillip With Love, children play a key role. Good column; thanks for visiting.

Re: Big Girl (2:21pm March 21, 2010):

My first was Gone With the Wind...it's still one of my favorites. I've dropped several authors I used to follow because I no longer care for their work.

Re: The Highlander's Sword (10:36am March 17, 2010):

I like heroes and heroines to be intelligent and honest, with a sense of humor. Your book sounds great. Happy St. Pat's Day.

Re: The Stolen Crown (9:33am March 15, 2010):

I love history and I agree with you--where would we be without those who wrote all the beautiful details down before us. Your book sounds fascinating. Thanks for visiting.

Re: The You I Never Knew (11:19am March 14, 2010):

I'd prefer to laugh. I just finished reading Crusie's "Bet Me," one of the books you mentioned, and it just sparkles with wit ahd humor. It's a great read.

Re: The Scarlet Lion (1:29pm March 11, 2010):

I can't really say I have a soundtrack for my life, but I sure enjoyed reading about your book music. Your book sounds interesting and the cover is beautiful. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Take Me If You Dare (9:24pm March 5, 2010):

I don't understand the Best Picture push for Avatar. Is is a visually stunning achievement and should win for something in that vein. But the story is unoriginal and insultingly anti-business and anti-military. I don't believe Avatar is more creative than what Cameron did in the Terminator series decades ago. True sci-fi fans should consider another viewing of Star Trek.

Re: SEALed with a Ring (11:20am March 5, 2010):

What a great story! Thanks for visiting. Congrats on the new release.

Re: Lake Magic (10:13am March 2, 2010):

Congrats on your book and your first blogging experience. The first romance novel I read was Gone With the Wind, when I was 12.

Re: Seeing Red (1:09pm February 28, 2010):

I read 12 books this month. My favorites, all of which I highly recommend, were The Girl on Legare Street (Karen White), The Lock Artist (Steve Hamilton) and Proof by Seduction (Courtney Milan.)

Re: Chick with a Charm (10:49am February 19, 2010):

I'm a dog person (that's even my Chinese zodiac sign) but I appreciate cats, too. A lovable 16-year-old mixed breed dog and a hyperactive 4-year-old ferret are part of our family now. The rest of the family would love a cat, but hubby doesn't like them at all.

Re: Accidentally Demonic (3:41pm February 16, 2010):

Your series sounds like such fun. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Ordinary World (2:20pm February 15, 2010):

Happy Birthday! What an interesting post. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Island Of The Swans (10:34am February 8, 2010):

I am a reader, not a writer. I found your thought process fascinating. I had never considered fiction works (outside of those taught in literature classes way back when) as having a central theme. But of course they do! Thanks for a very interesting post.

Re: Viking in Love (1:36pm February 4, 2010):

You are so right. That's what I like most about sites like Fresh Fiction. I do discover new authors, and then I love to have a ready supply (ie, backlist) of titles from which to choose. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: Catch Of A Lifetime (10:24am February 2, 2010):

You are clearly having too much fun with your work--What a joy!

Re: Drive Time (11:23am February 1, 2010):

Interesting excerpt/question. I think family has to come first. If you can keep a secret only conditionally, tell the other person why and let him decide if sharing is a good idea. Love your books.

Re: Hasta La Vista, Lola! (2:22pm January 29, 2010):

Thanks for visiting--I enjoyed your column. As to your question. Toady I would say my favorite mystery series is Lee Child's Reacher series. My favorite romance series is Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series. But, like I said, that's today's answer!

Re: Hold On Tight (4:54pm January 26, 2010):

It varies. I'd like to say I always look it up...but sometimes I make an educated guess and just keep reading.

Re: Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (12:26pm January 11, 2010):

What a wonderful column! Thanks for sharing.

Re: Come Hell Or High Water (12:35pm January 6, 2010):

Your book sounds great. I wish I could offer an example of a mistake that turned out well, but that's not the way thing have been working for me.

Re: Fugitive (12:28pm January 5, 2010):

What a fun post. Thanks so much for visiting today.

Re: Dangerous Highlander (10:47am January 4, 2010):

I'm glad your cover/title issues worked out well. Sometimes when I read a book I wonder where in the world "they" came up with that cover (which doesn't look like the characters the author described)or the title, which just doesn't fit the book. Thanks for your post.

Re: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (1:50am December 22, 2009):

Gotta go with Gandalf. Any friend of Aragorn deserves my support!

Re: Gentlemen Prefer Succubi (2:32pm December 18, 2009):

Vampire Bark, of course!

Re: The Beautiful Being (10:24am December 17, 2009):

Interesting post. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: My Unfair Lady (8:44am December 4, 2009):

Thanks for the interesting post. "My Unfair Lady" sounds great.

Re: Searching For Pemberley (9:21am December 3, 2009):

Your book sounds great--so creative. Thanks for the post.

Re: Sex Drive (10:13am December 2, 2009):

Well-done series are among my favorite novels. I love the feeling of reconnecting with old friends; I'm immediately invested in what happens to them. I also appreciate how creative an author must be, inserting new characters and clever plot-lines, to keep repeat readers coming back again and again.

Re: Scorched (6:54pm December 1, 2009):

Your book sounds great. Count me in, please.

Re: Over My Dead Body (10:47pm November 27, 2009):

My daughter, a young mother and college student, struggles to find time to be good to herself--so I will nominate her.

Re: Captive of Sin (10:09am November 24, 2009):

I like Maxim de Winter from "Rebecca."

Re: Dark Legacy (9:49am November 18, 2009):

I love your comment about how seeing others respond to your gift is a miracle everyone should experience. How true. No matter what gift each of us brings, that positive response from someone else makes it real and worthwhile.

Re: Over My Dead Body (4:54pm November 16, 2009):

Wow--That does make me think of my grandmother, also. What a wonderful column. Happy Thanksgiving.

Re: Willoughby's Return (1:19am November 12, 2009):

Your book sounds great. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: Wild Blue Under (10:18am November 9, 2009):

Nice post. Sounds like a fun book. Thanks for visiting.

Re: Rainwater (1:10pm November 7, 2009):

Interesting post. I don't usually watch book trailers. I do love to read excerpts, though.

Re: One Lucky Cowboy (12:15pm November 5, 2009):

What a great interview--loved it. Thanks for visiting today.

Re: Captive Desires (11:46am November 2, 2009):

Favorite creative escape? Reading--I guess I enjoy other people's creativity! Next up would be gardening and baking.

Re: Santa Honey (9:18am October 23, 2009):

It's hard to imagine life without books, but look what the internet is doing to daily newspapers in this country. Folks just don't seem to have the patience to read anymore. That's sad; they miss so much!

Re: Possess Me At Midnight (9:43am October 22, 2009):

Very interesting post. I enjoyed it. Thanks.

Re: The Other Mr. Darcy (10:19am October 16, 2009):

What a wonderful premise for a book. It sounds great.

Re: The Trials Of The Honorable F. Darcy (3:30pm October 15, 2009):

Elizabeth, of course! Your book sounds wonderful.

Re: A Marquis To Marry (1:21pm October 14, 2009):

Amelia--Thanks for the book synopsis. I haven't started your series yet, but it is now officially on my TBR list.

Re: The Hunt (4:35pm October 12, 2009):

Congratulations on creating your own "Happily Ever After" out of misfortune. Great post.

Re: Out Of The Darkness (8:39pm October 9, 2009):

Sounds great. Thanks for the interesting post.

Re: Lucky Break (10:20am September 29, 2009):

Thanks for the visit. Humor in contemporary fiction is wonderful. I also look for solid, likeable characters with interesting family connections. Luckily, your books have it all! Thanks for the contest.

Re: Shades of Twilight (1:22pm September 26, 2009):

My favorite book signing came about 10 years when I took my daughter to a signing by childen's author/illustrator Jan Brett. It was wonderful to see so many kids excited about books!

Re: The Accidental Family (3:40pm September 23, 2009):

Congratulations! I know you must be so tired, please do get some rest when Freddie sleeps.

Re: Oscar Wilde And The Dead Man's Smile (9:59am September 22, 2009):

Great post...makes me wonder what else they never taught us in English Literature class!

Re: What I Did For Love (1:45pm September 19, 2009):

I'm not sure I have reading quirks...I can read anywhere, at most anytime. In line for a while somewhere? I'm reading a paperback. When I used to have to wait in the car to pick up the kids from school events? I'd have a book with me. On car trips, plane trips--yep, reading away. At home, I prefer sitting in my recliner, surrounded by lots of natural light. But really, I can (and do!) read anywhere.

Re: Audrey's Door (12:41pm September 18, 2009):

Readers need to appreciate that it is the author who owns the characters, the plot--the whole story. We are able to share the author's vision through reading. But our "control" as readers is in selecting what we read, not in trying to sway an author's viewpoint. Good for you, Sarah, for confronting difficult issues in your own creative way.

Re: Highland Rebel (9:23pm September 3, 2009):

Thanks for the interesting column and your book contest.

Re: Haunting Beauty (12:11pm August 28, 2009):

Tempting, but no, I don't think I change a thing.

Re: Air Time (1:34pm August 25, 2009):

I loved Prime Time and Face Time and am looking forward to Air Time.

Re: In the Master's Bed (1:19pm August 24, 2009):

Nowadays, "back to school" in our home means our daughter heading off to college. It's a nice change!

Re: To Tempt The Wolf (12:39pm August 20, 2009):

Sounds like a great series. Thanks for the blog and contest.

Re: Trust Me (4:48pm August 14, 2009):

Great blog...I especially like the one about the new friend sharing the killer's name!

Re: Seeing Red (8:51am July 27, 2009):

I live in a suburb of a big city. It's not like the small town I grew up in, but I imagine the sense of community here is better than in the larger city itself.

Re: Waking Nightmare (11:07pm July 22, 2009):

The first job I ever wanted when I was a child was to run a snowcone stand! That still sounds pretty good in this hot weather.

Re: Earth Guys Are Easy (9:27am July 15, 2009):

Favorite music...the Beatles, especially the Revolver and Rubber Soul albums. Thanks for the column.

Re: Object of Desire (2:26pm July 9, 2009):

Sounds interesting...

Re: Dragons Prefer Blondes (9:20pm July 8, 2009):

Superman---I mean, the Super must stand for something, right?

Re: The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (10:38pm July 5, 2009):

I didn't care for The English Patient--book or movie.

Re: Love At First Flight (6:44pm July 3, 2009):

Sounds great. Thanks to Michael and Marie.

Re: The Scot And I (2:35pm June 25, 2009):

I love the description of the scene from Scarlet Angel. It really makes me want to find a copy now!

Re: Seducing an Angel (10:33am June 23, 2009):

Nice post. The section on liking and loving oneself is especially up-lifting.

Re: Dial Emmy For Murder (1:47pm June 20, 2009):

The cross-county email writing partnership sounds fascinating. I'm with you, though--I'd need the plot and villain lined out up front.

Re: Jump (8:31am June 18, 2009):

JUMP sounds like an interesting premise...a modern-day "Murder on the Orient Express?" As a reader, I agree that the characters and their relationships in a story are key.

Re: Dragons Prefer Blondes (1:15pm May 23, 2009):

I definitely keep a list of my (ever-growing) list of authors/books to be read, with the book title, author and release date. Otherwisse, how do you know you're not going to miss something wonderful?

Re: Dead And Gone (10:55am May 9, 2009):

Guess I'm lucky I havent' seen True Blood yet. I was able to read Dead and Gone peacefully, with Sookie's own voice in my head. Great book. Charlaine Harris's series just keeps getting better and better. More, please!

Re: The Madness Of Lord Ian Mackenzie (8:48am April 29, 2009):

Looking forward to reading about Lord Ian and all his brothers.

Re: Comfort Food (11:58am April 26, 2009):

When I like a series, it feels as though I'm visiting old friends in each new book. That's great when the quality is up, but so disappointing when it falls off (Cornwell's Scarpetta series comes to mind.)

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